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Burke Students Die-in Against War


Published 2003


In March 2003, students from Edmund Burke School in Northwest DC staged a rally and street theater as part of the international Student Strike to protest the impending war in Iraq. Over twenty students took part in a "die-in" on the corner of Connecticut Ave and Upton St outside of their school. Students plastered the corner with signs and banners opposing war "Burke Students For Peace, Hate and Violence Must End" and "The Future Belongs to the Children and We Don't Want This War".

On signal a banner of a mushroom cloud was unfurled from the side of the school, representing the dropping of a bomb. Students scattered "dead" on the ground, dressed in trash bags, symbolizing body bags. A student dressed in a white chemical suit with "USA Army" stenciled on the back walked amongst the corpses, pausing to nudge them occassionally with his boot. After the end of the street theater, the dead bodies sprang back to live and engaged in some
spirited chanting, to the encouragement of many passing cars.


Producer Alan Bushnell
Audio/Visual sound, color

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